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Hi,
After 5 unsuccessful rounds of treatment, we have used up all our donor's frozen sperm samples & now need to be re-matched.
The clinic have offered us a Polish donor who meets all our "criteria" but we're concerned about his rights with him not being a British donor. He has lived in the UK for a number of years & is donating in the UK, does this mean we will be protected under UK law should we be successful? Surely he'll be registered with the HFEA?
Thank you,
Lottie
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Dear Lottie

Yes, the donor will be registered as an HFEA donor here if he has donated through a UK clinic and all the normal legal rules will apply.

Hope that reassures.

Natalie
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Hi Lottie

Your post sparked a discussion between Olivia (head of Donor Conception Network) and I about foreign donors registered in the UK, and we agreed that one thing you might want to bear in mind is that the Polish donor may well decide to return to Poland at some point in the future, and in practice that might make it harder for your child to trace them (if they want to) when they reach the age of 18.  There is no obligation for donors to keep their contact details up to date with the HFEA.  Your child will be entitled to know the donor's name, date of birth, town of birth and last known address.  It may be that this is more than enough information to find them if they want to, but it's likely to be a harder job if the donor is no longer living in the UK.  Of course a UK donor could move abroad too, but it's probably more likely if you pick a donor that you know has non-UK origins.

Just some more info to add to the thought process...

Good luck

Natalie
 

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Hi Natalie,
Thanks for that. We had the same discussion with our clinic as they'd originally offered us an Hungarian donor. We declined him as he'd not been in his country very long & hadn't really built up a career for himself here. That left us with a few uncertainties about him... would he remain here?... and if he did, if our child(ren) ever tried to trace him & found him living a hard life would they feel obliged to "save" him? A bit pessimistic we know, but it could happen!
However, the Polish donor has lived here for quite some time, has several UK degrees & has a good, longstanding career which we hope will give him some "ties" to remain here. Like you say, even with a British donor there are no guarantees they'll stay here for ever so all we can do is hope he keeps his contact information up to date.
Thanks once again,
Lottie
 
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